Plantation Blinds vs. Traditional Blinds Compared | Louver Shop of Pittsburgh
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Blinds and Traditional Blinds?

Plantation blinds are a great way to get the elegance of plantation shutters while sticking to a budget.

But what makes them different from standard blinds, like horizontal blinds or mini blinds? Or plantation shutters?

Find out more below or ask for a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Pittsburgh design specialists. We’ll help you pick the best window blinds by bringing the showroom to you. Then we’ll customize them just for your Pittsburgh home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might envision mini blinds. This well-liked, budget-friendly window covering often has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds are ideal for busy spaces with heavy foot traffic, since they’re easy to clean. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even smoother to lower.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds look like plantation shutters but have a handful of distinguishing features.

1. Slat Width

Plantation blinds have wider slats than traditional blinds, often as big as 2.5 inches. But their slats are skinnier than plantation shutter louvers, which are as large as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Location

Plantation blinds are installed at the top of windows, while plantation shutters are installed inside the window opening.

3. Operating System

The majority of plantation blinds lower with a cord, but some feature a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Personalize Your Blinds

Our blinds come in a selection of slat widths, finishes and materials. Most popular styles include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which material to choose? Real wood blinds are ideal for rooms with little humidity, including bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a good option for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you choose, you’ll get window treatments with great light control.

Related: Shutters vs. Blinds—What’s Suitable for My Home?

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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